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#12 to 15

Towards the goal with pace

FIFA, 08 Nov 2022

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The session begins with a game of 2v2 line football. Next, players find themselves in an exercise where a numerical advantage needs to be used to score. The last exercise of the session is a 4v3 game on three goals with no goalkeepers.

Warm-up: 2v2, "line football"

Organisation

  • Organise mini-matches of 2v2 on multiple pitches
  • Let the players pick their own partners or match them up by size and ability
  • Play short matches (2-3 minutes) and create a league ladder
  • Winners move up a pitch, losers move down
  • Points are scored by stopping the ball on the end line

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can throw and catch the ball to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the pitch narrower

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to dribble past your opponent(s)?
  • How can you help your partner when he/she has the ball?
  • What should you do when you lose the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

Skill development: 3v2, 3 goals, no goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Organise a pitch for 3v2, with one central goal at one end and two smaller goals in wide positions at the other end
  • The team with three players attacks the central goal, while the team with two players starts off defending; if they win the ball, the defenders can counter-attack and try to score in one of the smaller goals
  • Rotate the teams on the pitch, and swap the roles regularly, so everyone gets to play as a three and as a two
  • Encourage the three attackers to make the pitch big and try to use the extra player they have in space
  • Encourage the two defenders to try to score quickly if they win the ball (e.g. within five seconds)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can throw and catch the ball to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add a goalkeeper to the central goal
  • Limit the number of touches for the attacking team
  • Require all three attacking players to touch the ball before their team can score

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to pass to the player who is unmarked?
  • If the defenders win the ball, can you break and try to score quickly?
  • If you lose the ball as a three, can you quickly recover and take up defensive positions?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play and rotate players to give them a rest

Game application: 4v3, 3 goals, no goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Organise a pitch for 4v3, with one central goal at one end and two smaller goals in wide positions at the other end
  • The team with four players attacks the central goal, while the team with three players starts off defending; if they win the ball, the defenders can counter-attack and try to score in one of the smaller goals
  • Rotate the teams on the pitch, and swap the roles regularly, so everyone gets to play as a four and as a three
  • Encourage the four attackers to make the pitch big and try to use the extra player they have in space
  • Encourage the three defenders to try to score quickly if they win the ball (e.g. within five seconds)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can throw and catch the ball to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add a goalkeeper to the central goal
  • Limit the number of touches for the attacking team
  • Require all four attacking players to touch the ball before their team can score

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to pass to the player who is unmarked? 
  • If the defenders win the ball, can you break and try to score quickly? 
  • If you lose the ball as a four, can you quickly recover and take up defensive positions? 
  • How is the value of perseverance demonstrated in this game?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play and rotate players to give them a rest

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12 to 15

Dribbling competition with small- and full-sized games

Dribbling competition with small- and full-sized games

Using the wide player

Using the wide player

Finishing an attack

Finishing an attack

From 3v3 to 7v7

From 3v3 to 7v7

Passing and movement

Passing and movement

Attacking with confidence

Attacking with confidence

Adapt to new situations

Adapt to new situations

Take the risk

Take the risk

Spacing

Spacing

Different game scenarios

Different game scenarios

With accuracy to success

With accuracy to success

Find your role on the pitch

Find your role on the pitch

Different exercises, same goal

Different exercises, same goal

Trust your skills and take the opportunity

Trust your skills and take the opportunity

Find the open player

Find the open player

From possession to goal scoring

From possession to goal scoring

From shooting to a 11v11 game

From shooting to a 11v11 game

Third-player runs

Third-player runs

Futsal style

Futsal style

Dribble with a purpose

Dribble with a purpose

Use the numerical advantage

Use the numerical advantage

Look for the 1v1

Look for the 1v1

Know your next move

Know your next move

Breaking lines

Breaking lines

Offensive advantage

Offensive advantage

Transition

Transition

Use your head

Use your head

Towards the goal with pace

Towards the goal with pace

Recognize the situation

Recognize the situation

Wing play

Wing play

Defending outnumbered

Defending outnumbered

Accuracy and duels

Accuracy and duels

Pass and offer, pass and move

Pass and offer, pass and move